- a Confederate soldier.
Origin of reb
shortened form of rebel
- Mister (used as a title of respect).
Origin of Reb
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Examples from the Web for rebs
Every time we tried to get to them the Rebs would fire on us.
The Rebs weren't as good as we were, but they were trickier, and they could fight.
Besides, they might be Rebs—and we might get hurt shooting at them.
The Rebs had retired about eighty yards in the wood to where it was thicker.
The Rebs didn't stand to meet them, but fell back behind a barn.
- (sometimes capital) US informal a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (1861–65)Also called: Johnny Reb
short for rebel
- Judaism an honorific title, corresponding to Mr, for those who do not have rabbinic qualifications: usually followed by the person's forenameReb Dovid
Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi, master
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Word Origin and History for rebs
abbreviation of rebel (n.), 1862, in U.S. Civil War context.
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